The FARE network pays tribute to displaced peoples20 June 2012

On World Refugee Day the FARE network pays tribute to the millions of displaced peoples around the globe who have to leave their homes due to political and military conflicts, hunger and economic circumstances and who live under difficult conditions or are denied basic human rights in their place of settlement.

In the town of Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary an activity day in the largest refugee camp in Hungary will be staged by FARE partner Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation to celebrate the World Refugee Day. The event will see a panel discussion with representatives of the UN Refugee Agency, the Immigration Office, the Bicske Refugee camp and African human- rights activists’. Local refugees will engage in cultural performances to display their rich culture. A football tournament with teams from the Debrecen and Bicske refugee camp as well as African Stars FC will round up the day.

In Dublin, Ireland Irish FARE partner SARI held the 3rd annual SARI/ UNHCR World Refugee Day ‘Fair Play Cup’ on Sunday 17th June at the Law Society in Dublin.

The Cup featured refugee teams from Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, SARI's own team of young players, media teams others NGO workers and Government officials.

In other countries FARE partners will make their contribution to call for equal treatment.

World Refugee Day
On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days or Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “We must work together to mobilise the political will and leadership to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows. Despite budget constraints everywhere, we must not turn away from those in need. Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help.”